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Novel Revision Series: Cast of Characters

Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

“Let the jury judge them; it’s my job simply to show what sort of people they are.” ––Anton Chekhov

In this text-based craft seminar, we'll discuss antagonists, protagonists, the elements of character sympathy, how major characters need to be created in tandem with narrative structure and point of view, and how minor and supporting characters tend to be flat in first drafts, like place holders, and can often be greatly improved in the process of revision. We’ll consider different ways that memorable characters can be introduced or created in the reader’s mind, how characters can give additional depth and texture to your novel, and we'll practice a range of techniques for creating better ones.

Is your cast of characters performing to its full potential? Are you under-describing or over-describing? Are you relying too much on physical description, or are your descriptions too “on the nose"? Could using spines, metaphors, or another character-creating techniques help bring your cast alive?

Participants are invited to bring in scenes from their novels in progress for possible on-the-spot notes and revision exercises.

Part of GrubStreet's Novel Revision Series, led by Tim Weed and designed for those who have either finished or are nearing completion of a novel draft. Take every class in the series or simply choose the craft topics that are relevant to the revision challenges you face with your novel in progress. Classes include:

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